ISLAMABAD, 23rd September, 2016 (WAM) — A contingent of Russian ground forces arrived in Pakistan on Friday for their first-ever joint Pakistani-Russian military exercise, beginning Sept 24.

”The two-week exercise is expected to continue until Oct 10, Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations Asim Bajwa said.

Some 200 military personnel from both countries will participate in the drills, Radio Pakistan reported. The military exercise is being seen as a demonstration of closer defence ties between Pakistan and Russia, after they signed a military cooperation pact in 2014.